Mom and professional family photographer
How I Became a Professional Photographer
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Hindsight is always 20/20?” It means that we rarely understand the importance of an event until it’s long gone. Well, my path to professional family photography was no different.
I was born in the historic resort town of Feodosiya, Ukraine; a beautiful place nestled along the Black Sea. With such an ideal location, I spent most of my time frolicking at the beach throughout the wonderful weather of summer.
Both of my parents were involved in photography, and some of my fondest memories involve helping my dad develop pictures in his dark room. On special occasions, he would even allow me to hang the pictures on the glass to help them dry. Because of this, my childhood was filled with thousands of pictures, and I loved every minute of it.
At the age of 10, I moved to America with my parents, my three sisters, and my brother. Even though I picked up—and was instantly hooked on—my first camera at the age of 15, it wasn’t until years later that I first began to understand that I might actually have a gift with photography.
The realization happened while I was having dinner with some friends who I hadn’t seen in a while. We were discussing a variety of things, and generally just catching up. One mentioned that she was recently looking through some old photos I’d taken of her during high school and that they remained the best pictures she owned. All my other friends at the table quickly chimed in and agreed. While I was certainly flattered, I was, even more, intrigued: Could I actually be a professional photographer? Did I really have what it took to make a living out of this?
While I entertained these ideas for quite some time, I have to admit that it wasn’t until several of my friends got married and had children that I actually began to really focus on creative family photography. And in many ways, the business came to me: My friends would ask me to take their photographs during maternity, as well as of their newborns, infants, or toddlers. I happily obliged, and they were so pleased by the results that they referred their friends.
After several years of working professionally, I was blessed by a momentous event: The birth of my son. In addition to all the other wonderful things about having a child, I was finally able to fully understand the complete range of emotions that a parent experiences when they view a photo of their child, and the nostalgia that comes along with it. Through my son, I realized that I’m involved in not only a passionate artistic venture but also one that creates timeless keepsakes meant to be passed down from generation to generation.
In other words, what I create will help introduce you to your great, great grandchildren, long after you’re gone. In the truest sense of the word, what I do is timeless—and I want to capture that in every photo I take.
Plans for the Future
If you had all the money in the world and never had to worry about paying bills again, what would you do with your time?
For me, it would unquestionably be photography, which is part of the reason why it took me so long to feel comfortable charging for my services. I mean, it feels great to do something I love, but even more so to be able to earn a living with it. Next to my family, photography is my biggest passion, so I’m always pushing my creativity, and continuously improving my skillset.
For the foreseeable future, I’ll continue providing outstanding photography services for your whole family. In addition, I’d like to expand my horizons and connect with others in many more ways. As such, I’ll be striving to make my work available in print, including mediums such as books, calendars, magazines, and greeting cards.
Acknowledgement: Thank you to my husband for making this website. I pour my heart and soul into my work, and I know he does do too.